USB over LAN: How to access and manage remote USB devices
Virtualization has been introduced in the 1960s for logically dividing the system resources provided by mainframe computers among various applications. And since then it has been evolving and now it is a very broad term that is an integral part of IT industry. There hardly is a business that doesn't use virtual servers or virtual desktops these days. Even though the virtualization solves so many tasks, it has some issues too. For example one of the biggest limitations of virtual machines is the absence of USB ports. With a real server it is easy to plug any needed USB device (a dongle or a smart card with security information), however how do you connect the same device to a virtual server? There is a solution that we'll discuss in this article. Read on to find out more.
The solutions include software and hardware ones. You can use a hardware solution to share USB over LAN in order to access your devices on remote and virtual machines. It is a great solution however it also requires you having cables and additional devices attached to any computer you have to share a USB devices from.